13 March 2017
Over the first weekend of March, residents and Councillors from the Royal Borough came together to clean-up litter hotspots across Kensington and Chelsea in support of Keep Britain Tidy’s national ‘Great British Spring Clean’ campaign.
On the first day of the campaign (Saturday 5 March), the Leader of the Council, Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown, Victoria Borwick, MP for Kensington, the Deputy Mayor, Cllr William Pascall, local ward Councillors and Council staff joined residents on West Cromwell Road to pick up litter and tidy the plant beds. Members of staff from TfL also came along to lend a hand and are planning further work to improve the area.
The following morning (Sunday 6 March) Victoria Borwick, MP for Kensington, joined residents and volunteers to help collect litter on Acklam Road. Over the two-day campaign thirty sacks of litter and green waste were collected. Most of the litter consisted of bottles, wrappers and plastic bags.
As a result of the clean-up operation on Acklam Road, the Council is looking into long-term solutions to improve the street's design to discourage littering. A small group of residents also took the initiative to conduct their own clean-up campaign. They borrowed rubbish bags, gloves and litter pickers to spruce up Stanhope Gardens and Harrington Road.
It is estimated that across the UK around half a million people have been out and about clearing up the places they love as part of a wider campaign to rid the country of litter.